Attack On Titan

There are different types of nerds in the world. The older I get, somehow, I am getting more nerdy. 

My new obsession is the Japanese anime “Attack on Titan,” an amazing show about humans living within a walled city who have to protect themselves from the giants living outside the wall. As of 2015 a live action movie was made, check out the poster for it below. It soon may be remade as an American film by Warner Bros, who are tying to obtain the rights. (Read more about that here)

Yes, I have turned into an anime person. There’s something I never thought would happen. What’s next? Who knows…

Millennial Mind Bomb: Why I loved Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’

I was the optimal age when Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events first hit shelves. The Bad Beginning was released 18 years ago and it is still well loved by us ‘90s kids today.  (Well, I guess we are supposedly adults now. ’90s adults?)

Last year, I heard that Netflix was re-creating these classic books into an original series and I was ecstatic.  I have been very impressed with the shows and movies Netflix has rolled out thus far, however, I was devastated to hear that they were casting Neil Patrick Harris, the comedian, as the Count Olaf, the darkest and most sinister villain of my childhood.

What_does_the_eye_symbol_in_Netflix_s_A_Series_of_Unfortunate_Events_mean_

Upon watching the series, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Harris does a fantastic job playing this evil fiend. Harris plays Olaf as an ominous adversary, but the dark humor and self-awareness he brings to the character is enough to keep the show light.

 

Lemony Snicket, played by Patrick Warburton, narrates the show. He does an incredible job and really brings the Gothic feel of the books to the series. The orphans, Melinda Wessman as Violet, Louis Hynes as Klaus, and Presley Smith as Sunny (voiced by Tara Strong) do a great job of carrying the story. There are a few famous faces that bring life to the show as well, such as Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss, and Catherine O’Hara as Dr. Orwell. This show also features Daniel Handler, also known as the author, Lemony Snicket himself, in three episodes, as the fish head salesmen.

daniel handler lemony snicket cameo with mr poe a series of unfortunate events netflix

 

 

The premiere season of this Netflix original show covers the first four of the Snicket’s books, The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill.

The show follows the Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny. After their parents die in a mysterious fire, they are bounced from guardian to guardian, while being chased by the evil Count Olaf, who is in pursuit of the Baudelaire’s fortune. 

series_unfortunate_hero

Running parallel to the orphan’s story is the mystery of a secret agency, the Volunteer Fire Department. The VFD mystery is intriguing and a lot more is revealed about it in the show than in the book series, which I really enjoyed.

It also follows the path of two adventurous parents, played by Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders, who are first seen in a prison in Peru. The whole series, the nameless “parents” are trying to get home to their children. You are led to believe that these are the Baudelaire parents, that somehow things are going to turn around and the Baudelaire’s will live happily ever after as a family.

undefined

 

Alas, the twist at the end is that the parents make it home to their children, however, they are not the Baudelaire orphans, they are none other than the Quagmire triplets, who become the Baudelaire’s only friends later on in the series.

The first season comes to a close with the Quagmires’ house engulfing in flames, and the two surviving Quagmire triplets arriving at the Austere Academy along with the Baudelaire orphans.

This show satisfied my love for these books and brought back all the great childhood memories of reading them. I was very pleased with the series and can’t wait for season two.

 

Did you read these books? How did you feel about the Netflix series? 

Netflix Is Planning A ‘Lost In Space’ Reboot Next Year, And It Sounds Awesome

Look out, Sci-Fi Fans! Netflix is cooking up a reboot of Lost In Space, slated for a ten episode release in 2018.

The series will be starring Tony Stephens, of the show Black Sails, as John Robinson. It will be co-starring Molly Parker from House of Cards as Maureen, as well as Falling Skies actress Taylor Russell as Judy.

Don West, played by Ignacio Serricchio from Bones, has been re-imagined as a rough flyboy with a side job as a smuggler of exotic goods. Parker Posey, known for her role in Woody Allen’s Café Society, will be playing Dr. Smith in this 2018 remake.

The 2018 Lost in Space reboot is being produced by Legendary Television, and will be written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, known for their movies Dracula Untold and Last Witch Hunter.

According to sources, this will stick closer to Irwin Allen’s original source material, but with a more modern feel. Here’s what Netflix’s Cindy Holland said in a statement:

“The original series so deftly captured both drama and comedy, and that made it very appealing to a broad audience,” “The current creative team’s reimagining of the series for Netflix is sure to appeal to both fans who fondly remember the original and to create a new generation of enthusiasts around the world.

What Do you think? Will this be a hit or miss for Netflix in 2018?